Chris Colin has written about Japan's rent-a-friend industry, Obama's Irish roots, chimp filmmakers, ethnic cleansing, George Bush’s pool boy, blind visual artists, solitary confinement, the Yelpification of the universe and more for the NewYorker.com, the New York Times Magazine, Saveur, the Atavist, Pop-Up Magazine, Outside, Wired, Smithsonian, Mother Jones and Men's Health. He's a contributing writer for California Sunday Magazine and Afar.
He's the author most recently of What to Talk About, as well as What Really Happened to the Class of '93 and Blindsight, named one of Amazon's Best Books of 2011. In 2015 he co-wrote This Is Camino, which was nominated for a James Beard Award.
He teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and was an early editor at Salon.